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City council discusses ordinance updating downtown design standard boundary maps
Bonney Lake Council members discussed an ordinance updating the Downtown Design Standards boundary map during a Feb. 2 workshop.
Planning Manager Heather Stinson noted to the council the downtown boundary map they received at the Jan. 26 meeting was incorrect because properties on 88th Street and 188th Avenue East were not including in the downtown boundary.
Councilman Donn Lewis, a former Planning Commission member, said when he was on the commission they had a chance to add more properties and change the map.
“We basically decided to leave the map as it was and where it was,” Lewis said. “The decision was map to leave the boundary map as it was.”
Swatman said he questioned why properties north of 88th Street were not in the downtown design standards map.
Stinson said the properties north of 88th are not visible from the Sumner-Buckley Highway.
“If your idea if you want to create a feel for downtown, they are not visible,” Stinson said. “The properties northwest of 88th are single-family residences.”
During the Jan. 26 meeting, Youngberg, who resided on 82nd Street East, told the council during citizen comments she discovered her property was included on the map, but was not allowed to speak at a Sept. 16 meeting of the Planning Commission. She told the council she submitted a letter to be read into the record in October, but explained it was not read aloud and is unsure whether it was distributed to members of the Planning Commission.
According to Youngberg, she attended an Oct. 16 Planning Commission meeting, but arrived after the public comment period and was not allowed to speak.
Youngberg said the city did not include her property before and she wants it removed from the “downtown” designation. She added the city is welcome to “make an offer on her property” if it would like the land to serve as a gateway for the downtown area.
Michelle Gunn, who reside on 188th Avenue East, said she attended meetings through 2007 when the city was developing its downtown design standards.
She said her property is not eligible to use the downtown stormwater facility due to topography and was told her property would get no benefit from being included in the downtown design standards.
Gunn said she wasn’t notified until September that the map had changed to include part of Youngberg’s property. She added the city needs to focus on the opposite end of downtown and finish projects before focusing on others.
During the Jan. 26 meeting, Planning Commissioner Grant Sulham said the ordinance clarifies the downtown boundaries and that some landowners were unsure if their properties are in the official downtown area.
He said the Planning Commission unanimously approved the ordinance.
Stinson said the Down-town Design Standards adopted in 2007 include a map that shows part of Youngberg’s property as being included in the “downtown” area.
The ordinance was scheduled for action during Tuesday’s meeting.